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Arthritis is not just one condition, but rather a group of musculoskeletal disorders involving joint inflammation. Our board-certified arthritis specialists treat various types of this chronic disease, including osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis Symptoms

Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Joint inflammation, redness or stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Fever

Risk Factors of Arthritis

Factors that increase your risk of arthritis include:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Gender (women are more likely than men to suffer from arthritis)
  • Previous joint injury
  • Obesity

Additionally, wear and tear to joint cartilage and immune system dysfunction are possible causes.

Arthritis Treatment

Depending on the type of arthritis, treatment can include:

  • Medication (such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Alternative therapies
  • Supplements
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Surgery (including arthroscopy)

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Dr. JP Halloran explains ankle arthritis treatment options, symptoms and more: Call 913-319-7600 for more information.